Two town hall meetings on human rights in Saba, Statia

Chairperson of the Neth­erlands Institute for Human Rights Adriana van Dooijew­eert will visit Saba and St. Eu­statius April 9-13, to discuss human rights during town hall meetings with people on the islands.

Adriana van Dooijeweert

During these meetings, Van Dooijeweert will explain why human rights are important in the relationship between citizens and the government and between citizens. She would also like to hear from residents which issues they are dealing with. Examples of current themes in the field of human rights are tackling poverty and the housing situ­ation. Everyone is invited to actively discuss these impor­tant rights during the town hall meetings.

In Saba, the town hall meet­ing will be held at Sunny Val­ley Youth Centre on Monday, April 9. The town hall meet­ing on Statia will be held on Wednesday, April 11, at Wil­liam and Christine Flanders Community Centre. Both meetings are scheduled from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Governments have a lot of power. Human rights exist to protect citizens from abuse by the government’s powers. Countries have agreed to guar­antee these rights for all citi­zens so that everyone can live in human dignity, the Human Rights Institute explains.

Everyone, for example, has the right to hold an opinion and to express that opinion freely, and everyone has the right to a fair trial by an independent court. But also, the right to education, having enough to eat, health care and a roof over our head are important. These rights ap­ply to everyone regardless of race, colour, gender, language, religion, political ideology, na­tional or social origin, wealth and place of birth, or any other status.

Human rights form the ba­sis for all government legisla­tion and policies. During the town hall meeting, residents of Saba and Statia will be in­formed about the role of the Netherlands Institute for Hu­man Rights. A discussion will also be held about which hu­man rights topics are currently deemed relevant.

The Daily Herald.

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